“I am very concerned about some of the findings published by the CQC and have scheduled a meeting with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) Chief Executive, Rod Barnes, to discuss some these issues.
However I am pleased that the CQC has recognised our service as being “caring” across the board. This is a deserved acknowledgement for the hard working and dedicated staff of YAS. These are some of the most committed public servants there are, and work under incredible pressure to save lives, day and night.
The government is imposing a 10% cut in the ambulance fleet and a 5% cut in staff by 2018. How can this be right at a time when locally and nationally the service is facing severe challenges in recruiting and training sufficient staff numbers to meet rising levels of demand? There is huge pressure on existing staff and response times and the government needs to act before this becomes a crisis.”